Leeds were late to beat Wolves 2-1 at Elland Road and USMNT star Brenden Aaronsohn was heavily involved in his Premier League debut.
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After Daniel Podens gave Wolves the lead, Rodrigo equalized for Leeds in the first half, with Aaronsson doing well to win back the ball.
Aaronsohn then showed up late to pressure Ryan Ait-Nouri to score an own goal from a Patrick Bamford pass to secure three big points for Jesse Marsh’s side.
After the final whistle, Marsh and colleague Bruno Lage opposed as they clearly had different opinions on Leeds’ comeback victory.
What we learned from Leeds vs Wolves
Controversy over calling Jose Sa as fiery Leeds handle it
He crashed into new Leeds right-back Rasmus Christensen and a penalty should have been awarded. He missed the ball completely, came late and knocked out Christensen. How the hell did Jose Sa get away with it? Leeds weren’t happy with this, and until the 70th minute they were probably not happy with their game in general. Jesse Marsh’s side was cut too many times, and the last word defense and Wolves’ sluggish finish left them hookless. Then the Wolves were punished. By the final whistle, Marsh and Lage were far from being friends, and the American coach was not at all happy with what the Portuguese said or did. Perhaps it all happened because of that Sa challenge? We will find out very soon.
The Wolves’ new formation helped them take the lead
Their first goal summed up perfectly why Wolverhampton switched to a 4-3-2-1 formation as Pedro Neto found Hwang Hee-Chan and nodded to Daniel Podens to complete the game. It was exactly what Bruno Lage wanted from his attack and their movement and fluidity were exceptional throughout and gave Leeds all sorts of problems. However, they themselves were vulnerable to counter-attacks, and this is the danger of moving away from the 3-5-2 formation.
The USMNT duo from Leeds quickly get back on their feet
Brenden Aaronson was involved in the Leeds opener as his pressure resulted in the ball being played and Rodrigo hitting the near post. He then forced the winner as he would have scored had Ait-Nuri not scored and Medford Messi continued to appear in the smart zones. Tyler Adams felt comfortable with the ball and made a great forward pass ahead of Leeds’ victory. Both looked unflappable and felt at home in the Premier League. The brute strength of the Premier League can sometimes be overwhelming for them, but both have shown they can make it big quickly.
Both teams lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and it was a very even match. Wolves are generally solid as a rock (if not spectacular) and Leeds want to find that kind of consistency in defence. The Wolves’ new 4-2-3-1 formation (3-5-2 is no longer used) has given them more offensive threat and when Raul Jimenez returns he will have a lot of offensive support. The Leeds pressing worked well when it worked, but Jesse Marsh’s team is still finding the balance and after taking a late lead, they looked much more confident to be in the forefront.
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Daniel Podens: A beauty who has escaped so many trials and is at the heart of everything good Wolves have done.
Brendan Aaronson: Helped force the move that led to the opening of Leeds and influenced the second.
Next Saturday, 13 August, Leeds will play at Southampton, with Leeds hosting Fulham on the same day. Can Leeds win two out of two? Can wolves come to their senses? Both will dream of their chances of scoring three points.